7 Birmingham nonprofits making our city smarter

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Education comes in all kinds of forms, but there’s one thing it all had in common: it’s important. These Birmingham nonprofits are helping provide building blocks to better lives for our citizens through education. Check it out!

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1. Birmingham Jumpstart

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Birmingham Jumpstart is a grassroots organization with a mission to serve the local community by providing learning curricula that will improve and enhance the academic skills of their adult neighbors.

Established in April 2018, Birmingham Jumpstart was created to continue education in Alabama. With a presence in three communities, they serve as a resource for GED preparation, ESL, TABE testing and adult literacy. 

2. Childcare Resources

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Childcare Resources is a Birmingham-based non-profit organization whose mission is to make quality care and education of children happen by providing information, education and assistance to families, providers of child care and the community.

“We believe children are one of our greatest natural resources, and it is imperative that they receive quality care from trained and supported staff to help them reach their full potential.”

3. Desert Island Supply Co.

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The Desert Island Supply Co. is a nonprofit creative writing program for students in Birmingham. Based in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood, they offer free after-school workshops plus in-school programs in area schools.

“Our mission is to work alongside students as they develop the creative tools they need to explore and document their worlds.”

4. Junior Achievement of Alabama, Inc.

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Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA uses hands-on experiences to help youth understand the economics of life.

Junior Achievement’s programs deal with real issues like career exploration & workforce readiness, financial literacy & capability, and business & entrepreneurship so young people not only understand their opportunities in life but can also take advantage of those opportunities.

5. McWane Science Center

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Designed to inspire a life-long love of learning, McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998. Explorers from ages 1 to 100 flock year-round to see, to hear, to touch and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South’s most unique venues.

“McWane Science Center’s mission is to spark wonder and curiosity about our world though hands-on science.”

6. STREAM Innovations

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STREAM Innovations focuses on providing opportunities for students to gain exposure and experiences while promoting collaborative engagement with high expectations for their success.

They encourage innovation to engage students in their desired STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, mathematics) discipline and innovate solutions to real world problems in their communities.

7. The Literacy Council of Central Alabama

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In 1991, the United Way of Central Alabama, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Birmingham identified a need to support those battling adult illiteracy in Central Alabama. Together, they formed The Literacy Council.

“The Literacy Council’s mission is to improve the lives of adults and their families through literacy education that teaches people to read, write, and speak English.”

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